Report: Cubs Close to Deal with Kris Bryant

According to a report from Jon Heyman, the Cubs are close to signing Kris Bryant. Heyman reported the deal is not officially done but the two sides are “on the way” to finalizing the contract.

Kris Bryant would receive the largest bonus received under the new system that began last year passing Mark Appel ($6.35 million) and the $6 million the Twins paid the No. 2 overall pick last year, Byron Buxton.

Jed Hoyer was on record, multiple times, that he was confident a deal would be reached with Kris Bryant prior to the deadline.

Once Bryant is signed, the Cubs will have four of the top 50 prospects in all of baseball … and depending on the publication, four of the top 30.

The deadline to have a deal done is Friday, July 12.

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  • calicub

    Great news! I knew it would get done. Still makes me nervous to be ranking players who haven’t played in pro ball yet

  • SomeGuy27

    Of course it’s all projection over performance at this point but there is absolutely no doubt their system is light years ahead of where it was and that is only counting the guys who can reasonably debut within the next 18 months. If you look at the international guys and a couple of “tough signs” like Alamo, they are lining up to have a legitimate system pipeline for years to come.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      It’s night and day from where we were. In the amount of time it’s nothing short of remarkable.

      And those rankings don’t include guys like Alcantra, Kyle Hendricks and others. Pretty mind-blowing if you ask me.

  • Tony_Hall

    I believe Rip quoted me one day when I said “Bryant will sign”

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      We always believed. I did for one reason…our front office is the best in the business. They wouldn’t miss on one like this.

      • cubtex

        There was no reason for him not 2 sign. There is only 1 slot he could have moved up for next years draft and the risk versus the reward doesn’t make sense. There was no doubt he would sign.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          Absolutely. But I think our guys do their homework before they make a decision like this. They know who they can and cannot sign. Look at Almora last year…

  • cubtex

    From Peter Gammons twitter account

    So Bryant got slot, and wasted a month

    • Tony_Hall

      I was just typing that….

      • cubtex

        I just noticed Neil had it up as well. It’s great that they got him for slot.

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          When are guys gonna learn about Boras? If I was in their shoes I’d want top dollar too, but you have to realize that a guy like Boras doesn’t have you’re best interest at heart. Missing a month doesn’t mean a hoot to Boras, but it sure can to Bryant. Boras can always wait longer and not lose a thing. He’s out for Boras, why get an agent like that. I’d rather have anyone than Boras…shoot I’d sign with Jay-Z before Boras! Jay-Z has tons of money and this agent thing is just supplemental income. He strikes me as the type that would want what his clients want.

          • Tony_Hall

            He could have already been to AZ and in either Boise, Kane County or even Daytona by now.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Yep, that month hurts Bryant more than the Cubs or anyone else.

            A little extra time riding the bus never hurt anybody though, right?

          • cubtex

            With the way the new system is set up, agents like Boras mean less and less

            Re- I know you are in Oklahoma. You can’t be too happy that Kevin Durant signed with Jay-Z. He might try to get him to New York.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            LOL, man it’s funny you say that because, yes, many have been worried. But I’m confident he’ll stick around. He’s put down roots here. He’s moved his whole family here and they are all very involved in the community.

            Durant is a unique superstar. He’s the type that is remarkably loyal. If the Thunder won a championship I could maybe see him leaving but even then I doubt it. He’s an Oklahoma Citian at this point. He owns two homes in the area not including the one’s he’s bought his relatives. And he just opened a restaurant. I predict Durant will call OKC home for the rest of his days.

            He’s got no shortage of sponsors so how much better can it really get somewhere else? His face is everywhere. I think he’s got all he needs.

          • cubtex

            I would prefer to see him stay instead of going to NY

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I knew I liked you Ray…

          • 07GreyDigger

            Except a championship. Players will do strange things to get a championship. Cough LEBRON Cough Cough.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            True. But he’s got as good of a chance in OKC as anywhere currently outside of Miami. And our front office has done a great job of ensuring future success. Very similar model to San Antonio.

          • 07GreyDigger

            I wouldn’t want an agent who does it as a hobby. That’s just me.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            I agree with that. But he’s got good people working for him. He’s just the director.

            I’d take him over Boras. I’d want someone who isn’t so self-serving.

          • 07GreyDigger

            The thing about Boras is that he pulls rabbits out of hats. No one thought Bourn would sign with Cleveland or Rafael Soriano with the Nationals or Bryant at full slot value. They didn’t think they had the leverage. Regardless of signing at slot, he technically made Bryant an extra 700k that from what everyone was saying. That’s something.

  • Tony_Hall

    Paul Sullivan is calling it done at $6.7M

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